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Weston Beach Race 2018


What a fabulous way to finish off the racing season.  Verde Substance KTM headed down to Weston-Super-Mare to take part in Weston Beach Race for the first time.  Two of their team were competing.  It was the first time young Dominic Lancett had raced in any Beach Race and he was debuting in the 3 hour main event on his new 2019 KTM 250 SXF.  For Todd Kellett however, it was one of his many appearances at Weston and he was out this year to defend his No 1 Plate after winning the last two years in a row.  The 21 year old, was competing on a 2019 KTM 350 EXC.

The weather at Weston was fabulous, Sunny and warm with a crowd of over 83,000 people.  The main event had 1001 entries, lasted 3 hours on the Sunday afternoon, and took place on a specially created 7 kilometre track on the beach front.  It was epic.


Kellett got an excellent start, took the hole shot and thundered down the start straight out front.  For the first few laps, Kellett shared the lead with Billy Bolt and Mel Pocock, but by lap 5 Kellett took to the front and he managed to stretch out a two-minute lead by the end of the race, to take his 3rd victory in a row.  21 year old Todd Kellett is only the 3rd person in history, to ever win the event for three consecutive years.  It is 20 years since this last happened.

After a troubled start to the season, fighting to recover from a back injury, this final result meant the world to Kellett, the team and his family.  Congratulations Todd.


This was Dominic’s first ever beach race and he was out to race on his new KTM 250SX-F.  A big beast compared to racing his 85 SX all last season.  Dominic is keen to progress and decided to go straight into the gruelling 3 hour, Adult Solo race, aged just 16.  He crashed 4 times on his first lap, as he struggled to get the hang of this unusual event, which left him sat back somewhere over the 100 mark.  However, once he settled and found his stride, he pulled through and managed to finish 24th out of the 1001 riders.  An awesome ride for young Dominic


What a fabulous event.  So many riders and so many people watching who just dirt weren’t bike riders.  Plenty going on, well organised.  A thoroughly enjoyable weekend.  So pleased for both riders.  Dominic rode his socks off.  He was disappointed with his results but for his first beach race he had an excellent race, which made us proud to have him on our team.  Kellett… well what can I say.  To win Weston Beach Race for the third time in a row, at just 21.  An amazing achievement.  He has had a tough year and it was a pleasure to be involved in helping him achieve this victory once again this weekend.



22 October 2018